We've found considerable success supporting all students with our trademarked Hip-Pocket Tools. These are 7 key practices that can be used with any instruction with little to no prep and with almost no materials needed. They are very teacher friendly. Almost all of our award winning strategies employ some if not all of the tools.
These basic tools will increase engagement and interaction with any activity (GLAD or otherwise). If used often enough, you'll create a classroom full of productive energy with a very low affective filter.
1. 10/2 Discussions - These are times for students to discuss, negotiate, or relate to any newly presented material. By making sure we as teachers only provide direct instruction for less than 10 minutes, our students will be able to attend to the lesson with more focus. Short and sweet then time for students to process.
2. "Say it with me." or "Read it with me." - With any new language, vocabulary, or challenging concept, we'll have students repeat the language with us. This facilitated oral practice increases their engagement and provides critical opportunities to learn pronunciation and encourages taking a risk using new academic language.
3. ASL (American Sign Language), TPR (Total Physical Response), Hand gesture - As with Tool 2, we will add a gesture to visually represent key vocabulary and academic language. It helps with memory and helps get the fidgets out in a productive way.
4. "Prove it!" - We focus on process so with any student response we'll ask them to talk through their thought process on how they arrived at their response. It moves away from recall, restate responses to responses that focus on their metacognition.
5. Paraphrase - Students summarize, retell, and build understanding by listening to others. This practice gets them to engage more in all conversations and activities.
6. Sketch or Visual - When we present new academic language, vocabulary, and challenging concepts, we'll add a quick sketch or visual to represent the idea. It targets another form of intelligence, improves memory, and increases comprehension. Sketches should be quick and easy (e.g. stick figures are great).
7. Color Coding and Shape coding - Connect ideas by color coding them to show categories and relationships. Shapes can be used in the same way. It'll help your students build better connections. And as cognitive psychologists have found connections create intelligence.
By using these simple 7 Hip-Pocket Tools, your students will learn more efficiently and enthusiastically.
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